By Lisa Graas
November 18, 2010
I never thought in a million years that a Catholic bishop would agree to allow abortion in a Catholic hospital…but it is happening in Connecticut. I was reading this story about Bishop Lori and his attempt to defend religious freedom in that state. As I read, I had decided I would write a blog post thanking him and defending him on the matter, but then I read this part and was shocked beyond imagining:
While the Connecticut legislature did not pass that bill, it did pass legislation forcing Catholic hospitals to assist in possible chemical abortions after cases of rape. In his pastoral letter, Bishop Lori revisited the 2007 controversy over the “Plan B law,” which he said was “aimed at Catholic hospitals.”
That law forbade medical professionals from administering an ovulation test to determine whether a rape victim’s use of emergency contraception might cause an abortion. Only by examining both a pregnancy test and an ovulation test, can physicians know whether the drug endangers a human life.
After attempting to fight the law, Bishop Lori stated in 2007 that “reluctant compliance” was “the only viable option.” The state’s Catholic hospitals currently provide the drug after performing only the pregnancy test, despite the documented risk of chemical abortions.
Commenting on the matter in his recent letter, Bishop Lori said the “Plan B law” had severely harmed the religious freedom and conscience rights of all citizens, especially healthcare professionals.
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Editor’s Note: Please go to Lisa’s blog & finishing reading the article. I am with Lisa on this completely. This is beyond the pale. I knew Bishop Lori personally when I lived in Wash, D.C. when he was Monsignor Lori & the asst to James Cardinal Hickey. I am shocked that he caved, but NOT surprised. Sad, sad commentary on the lack of courage to defend the Faith.